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Long term travel with young children

How can we provide the best experience for my (age 5 & 6) children as we travel Central and South America for 7 months? [more inside]
posted by Amity on Dec 1, 2016 - 18 answers

Podcasts en français PAS facile, svp.

Looking for non-news podcasts in French that aren't geared towards beginners/language learners. Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Nov 25, 2016 - 7 answers

Parlez Vous Netflix

I am looking for recommendations of programs/movies available on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.S. that are in French with English subtitles. It can be for any age audience. Thanks!
posted by LilithSilver on Nov 22, 2016 - 17 answers

French videos with subtitles?

Where can I find videos of French people speaking French with English subtitles? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Nov 16, 2016 - 10 answers

Best European sites for locating copies of out of print books

Does anyone have recommendations for particularly effective search engines for European second-hand / out of print books? Back when I used to look for these books pre-google, there were a couple of specialist sites that consolidated searches across numerous second-hand booksellers' catalogues, but I've forgotten their names. Do these still exist and if so, are they any use? [more inside]
posted by ogorki on Oct 21, 2016 - 7 answers

Examples of successful, multi-lingual magazines and newspapers?

Are there any proven publications (specifically magazines and newspapers) that are bi-lingual (primarily in the USA/Canada and Europe) and are the non-English parts necessarily a translation of the English parts? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Oct 10, 2016 - 13 answers

Who were the scary people who taught me to speak French?

Long ago back when the world was young, Mater Octorok tried to get me to learn French by making me watch videotapes of French language kids' TV. There are three series I particularly remember. One was Téléfrancais, one was French In Action, and the third was...freaking weird. This is what I can recall about it... [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Sep 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Graded French reading comprehension (in a box!)

Looking for a box of graded French reading comprehension cards. [more inside]
posted by mukade on Sep 15, 2016 - 2 answers

Old french textbook

Help me find this old book please [more inside]
posted by metajim on Sep 9, 2016 - 4 answers

How do French people eat?

There's a lot of writing on the internet about French eating habits and how refined (and superior) they are, but I'm curious how these habits play out in less refined circumstances. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Jul 12, 2016 - 18 answers

How to sign off a card to an elder in French

I'm writing a birthday card to my grandmother in French (this is in Canada). In English I would just sign it "Love, sea change", but I'm not sure what the appropriate sign-off is in French--something that's loving and not too formal/distant, but also respectful enough for a 90 year old woman. [more inside]
posted by sea change on Jul 7, 2016 - 6 answers

Audio resources for language learning

I'd like to learn new languages - specifically French, German and Latin. The only significant time I have to do this is a daily ~2 hour commute. So, recommendations please for offline audio-based language resources (something that is, or can be put, on a CD). [more inside]
posted by monkey closet on Jun 29, 2016 - 6 answers

What do French women actually eat?

I read all the time about how French ladies indulge in carbs and fat but never gain weight. I'm assuming that the portions are smaller and they don't snack between meals. However, croissants and Brie every day? Really? I haven't been able to find what people actually eat for meals and snacks. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Jun 23, 2016 - 23 answers

Identify this film which is ruining baklava for me

It was either in French (most likely) or German (may have had English subtitles). It was about a poor kid having grown up to be a rich man, and the story was being told via flashbacks. The detail I remember is some scenes about him being invited to a rich kid's house for a dinner. He took homemade baklava as a gift, which was looked down upon. His family may have been Turkish immigrants to this European city. [more inside]
posted by vivekspace on Jun 16, 2016 - 2 answers

Why does my Windows 10 box switch to French on every restart?

Every time I start my Acer laptop (Windows 10), its default language (on every program as far as I can tell) is French. But this is not what it says in my Region + Language settings, where it says English (Canada), with English (United States) as Windows display language. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Jun 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Must-Sees and Manners in Montréal

My girlfriend and I will be visiting Montréal in a couple of weeks, and I have a few questions on both suggested sights to see, and local etiquette. [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike on May 3, 2016 - 11 answers

Need to maintain my French during a year off using it

My French is good, but I am not a native speaker. I am looking for books, podcast, blogs, YouTube channels etc. which I can use to maintain it during my maternity leave. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Apr 21, 2016 - 25 answers

Facebook Pages in German and French, please?

I'm looking for interesting French and German Facebook pages to seed my FB feed and keep it from being so boring. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Apr 8, 2016 - 2 answers

Please help me search for my turtle - in French!

The stuffed turtle I lost ten days ago is still not back. I want to put up search posters, but need help with the French. Aidez la tortue, s-il vous plait? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Mar 6, 2016 - 6 answers

French TV show soap-opera for daily practice learning French?

I am learning French. So I am looking for a long-running episodic French TV show that is: popular enough to be "available" online, about 30 mins per episode, somewhat entertaining, relatively current / recent, and with lots of dialogue. The aim is to watch just one short episode every evening, in order to improve my listening comprehension. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Feb 18, 2016 - 13 answers

twinkle twinkle petite étoile

Sadly I know very few French nursery rhymes and children's songs. Help me change this! [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Feb 13, 2016 - 16 answers

Good French books that HAVEN'T been translated.

I'm looking for recommendations for French books by diaspora/PoC authors who have NOT been translated into English. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Feb 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Franch language television suitable for binge watching?

Just finished binge watching all of Young Montalbano and Detective Montalbano. Great stuff. What I would like to find is something equally binge worthy, but in French. Genre not important, just engaging characters and/or stories. DVD by preference. [more inside]
posted by BWA on Jan 14, 2016 - 20 answers

What is being sung in this French-language song?

If any Francophones are up for a challenge: can you tell this monoglot what is being sung in The Go! Team's song Ye Ye Yamaha? (YouTube link but should also be on all the streaming services.) He wants to sing along but has to resort to garbled nonsense words. It's a fuzzy pop song with a killer catchy chorus, if that entices anyone!
posted by Quilford on Dec 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me identify this Quebecois movie and its (English) soundtrack.

I'm trying to get the name of this French Quebecois movie I saw in a flight two years back, and its quite prominently featured English (American?) song. The movie is from the 2000's, I think, while the song is from 1980's. Your help needed, hive-mind! [more inside]
posted by the cydonian on Nov 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Advice for selling these antique (pharmacy, apthecary, ???) jars

My son spent several hundreds of dollars a few years ago on a shopping trip in France, buying these unique lidded blue glass jars with porcelain labels. His decorating needs changed, and I inherited these unique and lovely jars, but I have no idea what they are, what they might be worth, and how to turn them into cash. (Craigslist, eBay, etc,?) Can anyone advise? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco on Nov 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Lisez-vous français?

I'm looking for recommendations of books, particularly novels, written in French. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Oct 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Strengths and weaknesses of different languages?

What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of certain languages? I'm most interested in English and French but if you have knowledge of another that would also be fascinating! [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Oct 3, 2015 - 45 answers

— pendant la fin du monde, la fête continue —

I'm trying to hunt down a copy of Issue 98 of the French Monsieur Magazine (Dec. 2012 - Jan. 2013). I really just need the cover, or a high-resolution scan of it that I can get printed and framed as a gift. I can't find it anywhere, and their website doesn't sell individual back copies; plus I don't speak French. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
posted by you're a kitty! on Oct 3, 2015 - 2 answers

What are some expressions in French for nose picking?

Asking for banter purposes.
posted by wensink on Sep 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Love Taza, NieNie, AptTherapy aka(mommy) lifestyle bloggers en francais?

Hi, I am looking for lifestyle and design mommy(or not)bloggers that speak and write in French. Bonus points if they are vloggers or keep an active YouTube Channel and Instagram. [more inside]
posted by rabu on Sep 8, 2015 - 3 answers

need to locate french language surveys online for research

I'm creating a short online survey but have to translate into French...I'm wondering if anyone knows of any online surveys on French websites or university websites that I could have a look at? I'm doing 10 questions, very short with age sex nationality level of education Its the explanatory parts in the beginning of the survey and an example of questions I'd like to have a look at if possible
posted by sparkle55 on Sep 4, 2015 - 6 answers

WHAT is this anti-war comedy film I am thinking of??

There is a movie I saw in the mid-2000s that I am trying to find again, and I am having trouble with every kind of search I've been using. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Jun 10, 2015 - 3 answers

What does this passport say?

This is my uncle's passport. It was issued in 1949. He was originally from Aleppo, Syria, but he lived elsewhere. I'm not certain what some of the words are (in French and in Arabic) on his passport. [more inside]
posted by jdl on May 12, 2015 - 8 answers

French Song Identification

Please help identify a song from French pop radio. [more inside]
posted by jeto on May 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Best method(s) for learning French as an adult?

I'm a Canadian in Western Canada who is interested in French, but I don't know where to begin or what is the best way to go about it. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Apr 19, 2015 - 8 answers

How traumatic is elementary school in a language you don't speak at all?

We recently moved from Toronto to Montreal and are planning to stay here for at least a few years, possibly permanently. Our 5 year old daughter starts Kindergarten in the fall, and we would very much like to send her to a French school, but will this do her more harm than good? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Apr 14, 2015 - 36 answers

Which cities in Africa speak the most French?

I want to go to Africa and learn French. I have seen an old ask mefi question asking similar, but I specifically am looking for the cities in Africa that speak French with the highest frequency, and it would be a bonus if they don't speak English (So I'll be forced to learn French). I haven't been able to google any statistics by city. Thanks.
posted by crawltopslow on Mar 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Poutine Hipster

Recently poutine came up in a convo I had with a foreigner. After they told me they visited Canada and while here made sure to try poutine, I explained to them that I was familiar with poutine before most Canadians knew what the hell it was and that in the not-too-distant past poutine wasn't well-known outside of Quebec. I estimated that it only started becoming popular outside of Quebec in maybe the late 90s. Am I off in this estimate, MeFi? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 5, 2015 - 33 answers

French song translation help

Lately I've been enjoying Grenadine's eponymous album. But my French is non-existent, and I can't find lyrics anywhere. What are these songs about, anyway? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Mar 5, 2015 - 5 answers

French Mefites, help me get a copy of the new Charlie Hebdo in the USA!

Hi everybody, I'm located in the USA and and would like a physical copy of the new Charlie Hebdo issue. [more inside]
posted by kurosawa's pal on Jan 17, 2015 - 7 answers

What's different between UK and US literary essay writing traditions?

I have it in my mind that US literary essays tend to be extremely clear and didactic (perhaps modelled on the five-paragraph school essay), while British essays are sometimes more open-ended and elliptical, and French essays verge on the abstract. However, I can't find any source that confirms or denies this on the internet (and searching only brings up essay content farms.) Help? [more inside]
posted by feets on Jan 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Je parle, tu parles, il parle...

Help me remember how to conjugate French properly when I talk. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jan 14, 2015 - 9 answers

French spelling question - rýsistant aux instead of résistant aux

I bought some French glassware (Lys brand) recently, and the descriptions on the box had some unusual spellings that I hadn't encountered before. É was changed to Ý ("résistant aux" was written as "rýsistant aux"), and À was changed to Ô (so "adapté à" became "adaptý ô"). Can someone explain this for me?
posted by Auden on Dec 20, 2014 - 7 answers

What music is being used in this trailer?

There is a hilarious parody of the new Star Wars trailer done in the style of Wes Anderson. Does anyone know what music is being used? All I can tell is that the singing is in French. [more inside]
posted by supercrayon on Dec 6, 2014 - 3 answers

How do you say Zbornak in French?

I've decided in my quest to learn French, I am going to alternate between watching an episode of my favorite show -- The Golden Girls -- dubbed in French and watching the same episode subtitled in French. I've found a few episodes of the subtitled version online -- where can I find more of these AND the dubbed version? Does this even exist? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Nov 19, 2014 - 2 answers

What French movie is playing in this short?

Which French (presumably New Wave) movie is playing here? [more inside]
posted by herrdoktor on Nov 2, 2014 - 8 answers

What are the French neighbours saying?

Can anyone help me with a spot of French translation? I'm subletting in Paris and I suspect my neighbours are not keen on the idea. [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Oct 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Name that Quebecois pop song

In August of this year, I heard a French (presumably Quebecois) song in a karaoke bar in Montreal and for some reason it's been bugging me that I can't remember at all what it was. Can someone help me identify it based on the following sketchy and probably mis-remembered details? [more inside]
posted by mhum on Oct 28, 2014 - 2 answers

Can anyone help with lyrics on these Congolese songs?

Long shot here. I'd love to perform these songs but have no idea on the words. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Oct 27, 2014 - 1 answer

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